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01 July 2009

Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Compared to Smoot-Hawley Tariff

Tom McClintock, Republican Representative of California, gave a speech to the House of Representatives after it had just passed the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cap and Trade taxation scheme to limit CO2 emissions. The speech is posted at He says it is known what the effects of this law will be because California passed Assembly Bill 32 for the purpose of limiting CO2 emissions and we can examine its effects.

McClintock says they are:
  • Before January 2007, CA's unemployment tracked the national average closely. Since, its unemployment has increased at a rate sufficient to cause an increasing divergence with the national unemployment rate. It is now 2% greater than the national rate, the highest it has been since 1941, this despite the fact that Gov. Schwarzenegger promised many new green jobs, just as Obama has.
  • The city of Truckee, CA was about to sign a long-term power contract with a coal-fired power plant in Utah, but AB32 prevented it and their electricity costs doubled.
He says the cap and trade bill has
profound implications for agriculture, construction, cargo and passenger transportation, energy production, baking and brewing — all of which produce enormous quantities of this innocuous and ubiquitous compound. In fact, every human being produces 2.2 pounds of carbon dioxide every day — just by breathing.
Then he compares the Waxman-Markey bill to the infamous Smoot-Hawley Tariff that did so much to bring on the Great Depression:

When you discuss the folly of the Hoover administration — how it turned the recession of 1929 into the depression of the 1930s, the first thing that economists point to is the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act that imposed new taxes on more than 20,000 imported products.

Waxman-Markey is our generation's Smoot-Hawley. In fact, it's worse, because it imposes new taxes on an infinitely larger number of domestic products on a scale that utterly dwarfs Smoot-Hawley.

Never forget that this nonsense constraining our lives has been brought to you by the Democrat Party in the name of socialism. The Republicans too often are willing to join in the destruction of the individual's sovereign rights, but they do not do it anywhere near as well as the Party of Mass Destruction.

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